In Assault, the player's homeland is invaded by aliens. The next course of action is clear: manning a tank and blasting them away!
The goal of each of the eleven levels is to reach the end (occupied by a fortress) and killing the opposition while avoid being hit by their projectiles - at first the player only has to worry about ground forces, but in later stages the tank is also being shot at from above. The game is shown from an overhead perspective, but the tank is always the center of attention: the level rotates around the tank when it is moved. Because of this, it is possible to move in the wrong direction, but when that happens an arrow pops up and shows the right way.
The controls use two four-way joysticks and are similar to Battlezone: the tank moves forward when pulling both joysticks forward and it turns when moving one of them to the side. However, there are two additional moves available: a sideway roll (pushing both joysticks to the side) and a grenade attack (when pushing both joysticks apart, the tank stands on its rear and the player can unleash a powerful but slow attack with crosshairs). In each level there is also a jump pad which lifts the tank in the air which means the player gets a bigger view over the level. This is not only useful to get an overview, but it is also possible to shoot grenades while in the air. It can be used three times per level.
October 16, 2019 Subject:
I played this game to death in the arcade
S + L will lift up and fire the AOE bomb.
F + J will drop you down more quickly
F + L roll right
S + J roll left
February 7, 2018 Subject:
The keys to lift up the tank and fire a rocket are S+L (simultaneously), then Ctrl to fire a rocket.
To roll left or right the keys are J+S (Left) and F+L (Right). Again, you have to press them simultaneously..
The only thing I don't like about the way the keys are configured here online is the fire button being the Ctrl key, since you have to use your pinky finger. I would much rather prefer the Spacebar with the thumb, which I think is a much easier configuration for this game. That's the way I configure it with the Mame version I have in my computer.
December 29, 2017 Subject:
1. Press 1 (then wait some more to load...)
2. Press 5 (to insert coin)
3. Press 1 (for 1 player)
E - left tred forward
I - right tred forward
D - left tred backward
K - right tred backward
Ctrl (left) - fire
Not as performant as the archive version I loved so much. I also couldn't find the way to tilt back to shoot over the gaps (in the arcade version if you pulled the joysticks apart the tank would tilt back...)